The Coastal Isles and the Okefenokee Sights

Stephen C. Foster State Park

  • 17515 Hwy. 177 Map It
  • Fargo
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 07/23/2015

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Named for the songwriter who penned "Swanee River," this 80-acre island park is the southwestern entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and offers trips to the headwaters of the Suwannee River, Billy's Island—site of an ancient Indian village—and a turn-of-the-20th-century town built to support logging efforts in the swamp. The park is home to hundreds of species of birds and a large cypress-and-black-gum forest, a majestic backdrop for one of the thickest growths of vegetation in the southeastern United States. Park naturalists lead boat tours and recount a wealth of Okefenokee lore while you observe alligators, birds, and native trees and plants. You may also take a self-guided excursion in a rental canoe or a motorized flat-bottom boat.

Sight Information


17515 Hwy. 177, Fargo, Georgia, 31631, United States

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912-637–5274; 800-864–7275

Sight Details:

  • $5 per vehicle
  • Daily 8–5

Published 07/23/2015


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